Two Nebraska Cornhuskers have made the 2013 Maxwell Award Watch List. Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez and running back Ameer Abdullah are both on the radar for The Maxwell Award, which is given to the best college football player of the season and has been handed out since 1937. Martinez and Abdullah look to join former Nebraska running back Mike Rozier as the only Huskers to ever win the award.
Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez is poised to have a 2,000 plus passing and 1,000 yard rushing season with a loaded offense. Martinez is a long shot for the award with SEC quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron both in the running for the award. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is also on the preseason watch list.
More surprising is Ameer Abdullah appearing on the list. While the skill of Abdullah is no secret to Nebraska fans, he lived in the shadow of Rex Burkhead in 2012 despite leading the team in rushing. Abdullah should get the majority of carries from Nebraska’s backfield in 2013, and with a big season could set himself up for a Heisman run in his senior season in 2014.
Other notable Big Ten players on the Maxwell Watch List include:
- Michigan QB Devin Gardner
- Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde
- Michigan T Taylor Lewan
- Northwestern RB Venric Mark
- Wisconsin RB James White
- Penn State RB Zach Zwinek